Burnley 1 Stoke City 0: Hosts go fourth after late Barnes winner


Ashley Barnes scored a dramatic late winner to earn Burnley a 1-0 victory over Stoke City that propelled Sean Dyche's side into the Premier League's top four.

Stoke were minutes away from clinching a precious draw after a performance that was much improved on their showing in a 5-1 defeat to Tottenham last time out, but substitute Barnes took the second opportunity that fell his way to win it for the Clarets.

Potters manager Mark Hughes called for his side to show a "stronger mentality" at Turf Moor than they had against Spurs and Stoke rose to the challenge, matching Burnley until the last five minutes of the contest.

Hughes recalled veteran striker Peter Crouch to his starting 11 and he repaid the faith shown in him by giving Burnley defender James Tarkowski a torrid evening under the watchful eye of England manager Gareth Southgate.

On a cold, wet Lancashire evening, both sides sustained injuries with Burnley full-back Stephen Ward limping off towards the end of the first half and Stoke defender Kurt Zouma following him down the tunnel mid-way through the second.

After being shut out for much of the game, Burnley ramped up the pressure in the last 10 minutes and Jack Cork's long ball found Barnes, who finished with aplomb from the edge of the box.